Tuesday 22 march 2011
Posted in: 2010-2011 - Tale ES
today we first had Lucas speak about the text for 5 minutes and then we corrected his presentation. Here is the correction:
The audience wants her to sing her song.
She is a woman who fights against discrimination.
At the beginning, the audience is shy.
She is angry with white people.
Voc: (to) enslave
Her/His: Adjectif possessif
Then we continued the lesson with a new document dealing with the evolution of Afro American music. Here is what we said about it:
First document: "Let my people go"
The document is about the first form of Afro-American music:
- work songs
- Negro spirituals
- gospel songs
When the blacks were enslaved, they were forbidden to communicate with
each other. Drums were outlawed / forbidden, but singing was
It was a benefit for both the owners / masters and the slaves. Singing made them
work harder and faster while they were able to communicate and to endure their plight / hardships / ordeals.
Grammar: La voix passive - Construction, utilisation, traduction
Aux (Be) + p. passé
==> Lorsque que le sujet du verbe ne fait pas l'action du verbe alors on doit recourir à la structure passive.
==>Le sujet dans ces structures a souvent une position de victime.
==> Penser à la traduction par le "On..." (cf. texte)
Finally, we watched an extract from Man VS Wild in which you had to focus your attention on what you could hear and the feelings it conveyed. You can watch the
document again below:
Here is what we said about it:
Water ==> You can hear "splash"
He is walking in the jungle, his feet are in water, the soil is wet / soaked.
Food==> He is eating -> sounds of his teeth
He is chewing food.
It sounds as if he were vomitting / he were
throwing up / puking / barfing.
The document deals with a man who is lost in the wild and who needs to survive. He
looks for food under the birch / the bark of trees and discovers a giant larva. He
eats it raw and alive. It's absolutely disgusting. It sounds as if he were about to vomit. He chews the worm
slowly. Even if he is an adventurer, he has problems to gulp it down/ swallow it down.
- pets ≠ wild
- bark / birch
- larva / worm
- (to) gulp / swallow something down
- "It's disgusting"
- "It's yuck"=> "yuck!"
Finally, we corrected the translation exercise you had to do for today. Here are the translated sentences:
1) During several years, defenceless black people were tracked, beaten to death, tortured, mutilated, and hanged. And yet, white people stayed unpunished.
2) In the Deep South, racism was deeply rooted and white opponents to segregation were even sometimes threatened and beaten up by the
3) Strange Fruit is the first protest song / committed song to denounce
4) Whenever / Each time Billie Holiday sang that song, it recalled her the
unbearable story of her father's death.
HW: for next time, learn your lesson + answer this question:
"Do you think that singers and stars should be committed and defend a cause?" (300 words). Devoir facultatif.
Files: download the document (Afro American music) here. (yet to be uploaded)